Monday, May 22, 2017

Circle administration acknowledges the receipt of R J C M, Odisha letter on reorganization of postal Divisions in Odisha Circle

Dear Comrades,

Circle administration acknowledges the receipt of RJCM, Odisha letter on reorganization of postal Divisions in Odisha Circle.


MASS DHARNA ON 23rd MAY 2017

Dear Comrades,

VENUE OF THE MASS DHARNA ON 23rd MAY 2017

Mass Dharna will be organised in front of Finance Minister''s office on 23rd May 2017 under the banner of Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers. For details please the circular published below. Venue of the DHARNA is Tikona Park , North Block , New Delhi adjacent to the Finance Ministry office, Opposite Gate Number 14 and Post office . All are requested to reach the North Block through road from Gurdwara Rakabgang side. All City buses terminating at Central Secretariat shall drop the DHARNA participants at North Block which is not more than fifty (50) meters from DHARNA spot. Nearest Metro station is Central Secretariat which is barely one kilometer away away from DHARNA spot. A walk from the metro station keeping the Parliament building on the left - hand side shall lead to the DHARNA spot. DHARNA will start at 12 noon. All participants are requested to reach the DHARNA spot at 11.30 AM itself. Please see Confederation websitewww.confederationhq.blogspot.com for authentic and up to date information. Don't believe rumours. Some pro -Govt agencies are spreading false news again and again to create confusion.


 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Circle Union protests the proposed reorganization of Postal Divisions in Odisha Circle



No. P3NFPE – Odisha / 03 – 05 / 2017
Dated at Bhubaneswar the 3rd May, 2017
To
Dr. Santosh Ku. Kamila, IPoS
Chief Postmaster General, Odisha Circle
Bhubaneswar – 751 001

Sub : Re-organization of Postal Divisions in Odisha Circle - Regarding.

Respected Sir,
It has come to the notice of this Circle Union that a proposal is under consideration by Circle administration for reorganization of Postal Divisions in Odisha.

We welcome this step of the Circle administration for creation of two more Divisions since after re-organization of districts in Odisha from 13 to 30 during 1993, no re-organization of postal divisions has yet been carried out for last 24 years.  

But we do regret that while such a historic decision involving staff interest is going to be taken with reshuffling of large number of staff members / post offices from one area to other, the Staff Side has been ignored in the proposed review committees.

Further, we observe the following deficiencies in the proposal and register our strong protest.

1.    A similar proposal was earlier initiated few years back to bifurcate Jahrsuguda district from Samablpur Division  which was protested and the proposal was dropped since Jharsuguda is nearer to Sambalpur, rather than Sundergarh.

2.    As proposed, Aska Division is going to lose its identity due to proposed reorganization of  Berhampur division. In this context, we would like to intimate that during reorganization of 13 districts of Odisha to 30, the original districts had not lost their identities. While we welcome creation of more Divisions, we strongly oppose abolition of Aska or any other Division during the proposed reorganization.

3.    While two Divisions in the name of Rourkela City and Raygada have been proposed to be created, merger of Aska Division with Berhampur will actually increase the Division strength in Odisha to one only.

4.    If entire Khurda District is merged with Bhubaneswar Division as proposed, the employees of Balugaon, Chilika, Parikuda etc will definitely suffer. Similar will be the fate of the employees of Bhubaneswar Division if entire Puri District along with Nayagarh forms Puri Division since Pipli, Rench and Nimapara area etc. are nearer to Bhubaneswar.

Here, we would like to recall the discussions made with us by the Shri B V Sudhakar, Ex-Secretary (Posts) on 03.03.2017 during his visit to Odisha. While discussing the local issues including issues arising out of Cadre Restructuring in the kind presence of the Chief PMG, Odisha Circle and DPS (HQ Region, Bhubaneswar), Shri B V Sudhakar Sir had suggested that for every important decision involving staff interests that will be taken by the Circle administration, the Staff Side should always be taken into confidence with their suggestion.
But we witness strong avoidance to the Staff Side in the instant case.

Therefore, while we strongly protest this unilateral activity of the administration, we would like to request you to arrange involvement of all the Circle Secretaries and respective Divisional Secretaries in the proposed committees for a meaningful discussion before any decision is taken in this regard.

            Awaiting your kind response, Sir.

With regards.
Yours faithfully,

( BRUHASPATI  SAMAL)
Circle Secretary

Copy to for information and necessary action:

1.    The General Secretary, AIPEU, Group-C, CHQ, Dada Ghosh Bhawan, Plot No. - 2251/1, New Patel Road, New Delhi-110 008.
2.    The Secretary General, NFPE, North Avenue P O Building, New Delhi-110 008
3.    All  Divisional Secretaries and Circle Union Office bearers
4.    Chairman / Convener, NFPE Odisha State Coordination Committee.
5.    All Circle Secretaries of NFPE Unions, Odisha Circle

Sunday, April 30, 2017

2017 May Day- Challenges Before the Working Class

Dear Comrades,

2017 May Day- Challenges Before the Working Class

-T.Narasimhan
“The Day will come when our Silence will be more powerful than the voices you are throttling today”
These are the words engraved on the Haymarket Monument in Chicago. The origin of May Day is related to workers struggle for shorter working hours. In the 19th century, in the United States of America, this struggle for shorter hours gained momentum after August 1866 when the National Labour Union at its founding conference voted for action to secure legal enactment of the 8 hour day. Later, the American Federation of Labour was formed which in its convention in 1885 took a decision for strike on May 1, 1886. Preparations started for the strike. The 8-hour movement culminating in the strike on May First 1886 became in itself a glorious chapter in the fighting history of the American working class.
On May 4, a demonstration was held at Hay Market in Chicago to protest against the brutal attack of the police on a meeting of striking workers at the McCormic Reaper Workers on May 3rd, where six workers were killed and many wounded. The meeting was peaceful and about to be adjourned when the police again launched an attack on the assembled workers. Somebody threw a bomb, killing a police man. A battle ensued with the result that seven police men and four workers were dead.
After a farce of legal proceedings, workers leaders – Albert Parsons, August Spies, George Engel, Adolph Fischer and Louis Lingg were sentenced to death, while three others, Samuel Field on, Oscar Neebe and George Schwab were awarded 15 years in jail. Parsons, Spies, Engels and Fischer were hung to death. Lois Lingg committed suicide the night before. Fieldon, Neebe and Schwab were pardoned six years later by Governor Altgeld who publicly termed the judgment as a travesty of justice.
On November 11, 1887, the prisoners were brought to the hangman’s platform. Albert Parsons, August Spies, George Engel and Adolph Fischer stood before the crowd with hoods covering the faces. And then Spies spoke: “The day will come when our silence will be more powerful than the voices you are throttling today”.
In June 1893, a monument was unveiled in Chicago’s Waldheim Cemetery in the honour of these May Day Martyrs.
            It was at the first congress of the Second International, held at Paris in 1889, that May First was set aside as a day upon which the workers of the world organized in their political parties and trade unions, were to fight for the demand of 8-hour day. Since then, the working class in countries all over the world started celebrating the May Day.
            May Day was first celebrated in India on May 1, 1923 in Chennai. Founder of Labour Kisan Party and one of the founders of the Communist Party of India, Malayapuram Singaravelu Chettiar was the spirit who organized the May Day celebration for the first time in India. The red flag – now a symbol of left movement –was used for the first time during the event, held on the beach opposite Madras High Court.
            This Indian working class is now facing a very adverse situation. Their hard won rights are under attack. Whatever legal protections and rights the Indian working class got after almost ten decades of struggles and sacrifices in the form of various labour laws are being diluted in the name of labour laws are being diluted in the name of labor law reforms.
            Contract work and outsourcing of work has become the order of the day. Violating all norms of law and even violating the principle of “equal pay for equal work” has become a norm. Regular nature of work is carried out through contract /casual workers who are paid much less than a regular workers despite doing the same work. Labour laws are being violated with impunity. The right to organize a union is under attack. The right to collective bargaining is under attack. Some workers, especially all those in the information technology sector are not allowed to form a union. Concerned government officials just refuse to register unions. Union workers are victimized. Workers are prompted by the employers not to join the union. Social securities are being diluted. So much so that the right to assured pension has been curtailed for government servants and others, and a new pension scheme, which does not assure pension and is share market linked, has been imposed. Public sector units are being sold at a song. Contract /casual workers as also many regular workers are forced to work for more than 10, even 12hours a day without any compensation. The workers in the information technology sector are the worst victim of this, most of whom are engineers and they are forced to work more than 10 and even 12 hours a day.
            Against this, the working class is mobilizing and uniting itself to face this challenge. It has organized several protest actions and nationwide strikes to defend its rights. The last such big action was the all India strike on September 2, 2016, which was unprecedented in terms of participation of workers, its spread and mobilization. But despite all such united and country wide protest actions and strikes the government is going ahead with its anti-working class stance and continues taking more and more decisions against the interests of the working class.
            The May Day calls for carrying out more struggles to counter the offensive of the government. The central trade unions realize the serious challenge before the Indian working class. They are organizing a massive convention workers in Delhi sometime in the last week of June or first week of July to chalk out an action programme.
Long live May Day! Workers of the world unite!!

Welcome to the Secretary, Department of Posts -- Shri Anant Narayan Nanda, IPoS

Dear Comrades,

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the
appointment of Shri Anant Narayan Nanda, IPoS (1982) as 
Secretary, Department of Posts, vice Shri Boyapati Venkat
Sudhakar, IPoS (1981).
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PIB //copy//

Saturday, April 29, 2017

NATIONAL FEDERATION OF POSTAL EMPLOYEES : CIRCULAR

Dear Comrades,

NATIONAL FEDERATION OF POSTAL EMPLOYEES
1st Floor North Avenue Post Office Building, New Delhi-110 001
   Phone: 011.23092771                            e-mail: nfpehq@gmail.com
Mob: 9868819295/9810853981               website: http://www.nfpe.blogspot.com
 

Ref:PF/Agitation/17-18                                       Dated – 26.04.2017
CIRCULAR
To,

All General Secretaries/NFPE Office bearers
All Circle/Divisional and Branch Secretaries

Comrades,

First of all I would like to congratulate you all for making the 16th March one day strike a grand success in Postal. The Strike has clearly exhibited the anger of employees against betrayal by the Govt. on 7th CPC related issues and not fulfilling the assurances given by Group of Ministers on Minimum wage and fitment formula. Besides this the report of Committees to look in to allowances, advances, Pension, NPS, Anomalies etc. has also not been declared. We have to continue our agitation further.

The National Secretariat of Confederation held on 13th April 2017 in New Delhi has decided the following programme of action.

(1)   Protest Demonstration in front of office of Finance Minister on 23.05.2017.
(2)   Formation of human chain at all important centres to exhibit our protest on 22.06.2017.

For protest demonstration in front of office of finance Minister at North Block, New Delhi, Confederation has allotted quota to NFPE – 500.

Therefore it is allotted to all affiliates as below.
P3- 200,           P4-150,            R3-100,            R4-50,              Admn-20,        Postal Accounts-20, SBCO-20,         GDS-100

NFPE appeals to all to come with placards and assemble at NFPE office North Avenue by 10 AM on 23.05.2017.

CONFEDERATION TRADE UNION EDUCATION CAMP, TRIVANDRUM

As already informed the Confederation Trade Union Education Camp will be held at Trivendrum from 6th to 7th May 2017 from 10 AM. Venue - BTR Bhavan, Melai Thempanoor, Near Gandhari Amman Kovil, Manjalikulam Road, Trivendrum – (Walkable Distance from Railway Station & Bus Stand)
Delegate Fee – Rs.800/-

Quota of 100 Delegates was allotted to NFPE which we have already allotted to all of our affiliates.

All are requested to attend the camp well in time.


NATIONAL CONVENTION ON NPS AT NEW DELHI ON 10TH JUNE 2017

Confederation and All India State Govt. Employees Federation have decided to organize National Convention on NPS on 10 June 2017 from 2 PM to 6 PM at MPCU Shah Auditorium, Club Road, Ludlow Castle, Civil Lines, New Delhi – 110054 (Near Civil lines Metro Station).

Quota of 200 delegates has been allotted to NFPE Accordingly it is allotted to affiliates as under.

P3-60,              P4-40,              R3-30,              R4-20,              Admn-20,        Postal Actts.-20
SBCO-20

Delegate Fee – Rs.100/-

All General Secretaries are requested to allot quota to nearby circles and ensure their participation well in time.

NFPE-FEDERAL EXECUTIVE ON 12th MAY 2017 AT NEW DELHI

NFPE Federal Executive will be held at NFPE office North Avenue, New Delhi in which some serious programme action can be taken against non-settlement of long pending problems of Postal Employees.

With fraternal greetings,

Yours comradely,
(R. N. Parashar)

Secretary General

7TH CPC ALLOWANCES:- PRESS NOTE

Dear Comrades,

The Committee on Allowances, constituted by the Ministry of Finance to examine the 7 th CPC recommendations on Allowances, submitted its Report to Shri Arun Jaitley, Finance Minister on 27.04.2017. The Committee was headed by Shri Ashok Lavasa, Finance Secretary and Secretary (Expenditure) and had Secretaries of Home Affairs, Defence, Health & Family Welfare, Personnel & Training, Post and Chairman, Railway Board as Members and Joint Secretary (Implementation Cell) as Member Secretary. The Committee was set up in pursuance of the Cabinet decision on 29.06.2016 when approving the 7th CPC recommendations on pay, pensions and related issues were approved. The decision to set up the Committee was taken in view of significant changes recommended by the 7th CPC in the allowances structure and a large number of representations received in this regard from various Staff Associations as well as the apprehensions conveyed by various Ministries / Departments. The 7th CPC had recommended that of a total of 196 Allowances, 52 be abolished altogether and 36 be abolished as separate identities by subsuming them in another allowance. The Committee took note of all the representations received from various stakeholders on the 7th CPC recommendations on Allowances. Representations and demands for modifications were received in respect of 79 allowances which have been examined in detail by the Committee. In doing so, the Committee interacted with all the members of the Standing Committee of National Council (Staff Side), Joint Consultative Machinery (JCM) as well the representatives of various Staff Associations of Railways, Postal employees, Doctors, Nurses, and Department of Atomic Energy. It also interacted with the representatives of the Defence Forces, DGs of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) namely CRPF, CISF, BSF, ITBP, SSB, and Assam Rifles as also senior officers from IB and SPG to understand the viewpoint of their personnel. As mentioned in the Report, the Committee held a total of 15 meetings and was assisted by a Group of Officers headed by Additional Secretary (D/o Expenditure) in examining the representations. Based on such extensive stakeholder consultations and detailed examination, the Committee has suggested certain modifications in the 7th CPC recommendations so as to address the concerns of the stakeholders in the context of the rationale behind the recommendations of the 7th CPC as well as other administrative exigencies. Modifications have been suggested in some allowances which are applicable universally to all employees as well as certain other allowances which apply to specific employee categories such as Railwaymen, Postal employees, Scientists, Defence Forces personnel, Doctors, Nurses etc. The Report, now being examined in the Department of Expenditure, will be placed before the Empowered Committee of Secretaries (E-CoS) set up to screen the 7th CPC recommendations and to firm up the proposal for approval of the Cabinet. It may be recalled that while recommendations of the 7th CPC on pay and pension were implemented with the approval of Cabinet, allowances continue to be paid at old rates. After consideration by the E-CoS, the proposal for implementation of 7 th CPC recommendations on Allowances after incorporating the modifications suggested by the Committee on Allowances in its Report shall be placed before the Cabinet for approval.

Circular of the Reception Committee of 31st AIC of AIPEU, Group-C, CHQ to held at Bangaluru from 6th to 8th August, 2017

Dear Comrades,



Tuesday, April 25, 2017

CADRE RESTRUCTURING IMPLEMENTATION DEFERRED

Dear Comrades,

CADRE RESTRUCTURING
IMPLEMENTATION DEFERRED

Today on dated 25th April-2017, Com. R.N. Parashar Secretary General NFPE & General Secretary P-III alongwith Com. Giriraj Singh, President NFPE & General Secretary, R-III met with Shri B.V. Sudhakar, Secretary (Posts) and discussed issues of Cadre Restructuring and appraised him the difficulties being faced by the staff and requested either to modify the Cadre Restructuring as per suggestions submitted by NFPE & P-III or defer till the issues are settled. Secretary called DDG (Estt) Smt. Smriti Sharan & Director Estt. Shri S.V. Rao and ordered to form a committee of officers of Directorate which will take views of all Chief PMGs and after that Convening a meeting with unions, issues will be settled. Till then he ordered to keep the Cadre Restructuring implementation in abeyance

                                          R.N. Parashar
SG NFPE and G/S P-III

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CADRE RESTRUCTURING
FOR LEFT OUT CATEGORIES

       It has been told by the DDG (Estt) that the proposal for Cadre restructuring for left out categories i.e. SA, PA CO, PA SBCO, MMS etc have been submitted to Finance Ministry for approval which will be implemented after receipt of approval from Finance Ministry

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

India Post to launch coffee flavoured stamp

Dear Comrades,


Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday said that Indian post department is releasing a stamp with Coffee flavour soon. 

"Coffee flavoured stamp will be released by India Post on April 23," Sitharaman tweeted.

In another tweet she mentioned that the release will take place in Bengaluru.

Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha will be releasing the stamp which will be a collector's version, and it will be priced at Rs 100.
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